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The Bowen Technique More on noses

Posted on 20 January, 2013 at 7:06 Comments comments (0)
Today’s Therapist International Trade Journal   -   Issue 53  July August 2008   

The Bowen Technique More on noses                                                            
by Janie Godfrey

Continuing on from the focus on seasonal hay fever in the last issue, it is worth looking at some of the other nasal / sinus problems with which Bowen can be of great help.    

For some people, hay fever-like symptoms are pretty much constant and can be that way for years – even decades.  

Nasal sprays have often stopped working and/or cause uncomfortable irritation in the sensitive mucous membranes of the nasal cavities.  The constant flushing system that the mucous membranes are part of relies on good drainage, of course, and when this is blocked it is a recipe for inflammation, infection and discomfort.  

Mucous production, however, keeps on increasing the flow of fluid and white blood cells into the sinuses to fight infection and inflammation, so pressure builds and drainage is key to clearing and maintaining health in these mucous membranes.    

Hilary, age 61, had a history of more than 10 years of morning sinus/nose congestion, running and sniffing.  She had come for Bowen treatment for another problem and, although I gave her treatment that would address the congestion problem, there was no change during the first five Bowen treatments over the period between 14 September and early November.  

At her next treatment in early December she reported that for the first week after the previous treatment, she had been without any nasal congestion or stuffiness at all.  After the December treatment, she was again without any major symptoms, only having a few short episodes of the right nostril running in the morning but it always cleared quickly.  

It is currently at the 6-month point after her last treatment and there has been no return of the pattern of congestion she had for over 10 years.     

There is a similar history of Sue, age 45, who had a 15+ years history of year round hay fever-like symptoms:  runny nose, itchy eyes and nose, congestion.  Blowing her nose, looking into the sunlight or being near an air freshener scent started it off.  It was worse in mornings and evenings and at particularly stressful times. Her sense of smell was very poor.   

With Sue, we could observe her body trying to correct the problem after the first treatment on 4 May, with a noticeable reduction in sinus congestion and nose blowing, plus coughing more, then problem reverted to usual pattern.   

After the next three treatments (10 May, 22 May, and 4 June) there was no real lasting change in her symptoms and we left it that if there was any real improvement after this fourth treatment, she would re-book for a top-up.  She rang on 22 June to say her symptoms had cleared and stayed cleared very considerably since 4 June!  

This was a learning curve for me as I seemed to be observing that with this particular problem, Bowen may well be able to do the job if we give it a bit longer than the 3 to 4 treatments that usually do the trick with so many other complaints.    

Sue’s next Bowen was 12 July and she was still doing very well – only blowing her nose once in the morning and then it was not itching or running all day.  She had a slight return of   sinus congestion after a few months and had a top-up on 26 September.  She reported that her nose and eyes had been itching a small bit and she thought the old pattern would re-establish itself, but it didn’t.  She has now been nearly 9 months without any problems.    

Kathleen, aged 67, had a somewhat different nose problem:  persistent nosebleeds from the right nostril.  It began without any warning with a real gusher when she was in the Alps at high altitude.  It lasted 5 to 10 minutes and since then she had had a nosebleed virtually every day, varying from mild to substantial and some days she would have up to three.    Her doctor checked her over for any underlying causes such as disease or high blood pressure and could find nothing wrong.  

There was no recent history of a cold or sinus infection although Kathleen has a history of sinus troubles and has been off dairy products for years to control it.    Three weeks before her first Bowen treatment, the doctor had cauterized it, but there had been no appreciable difference as the nose was bleeding again within 24 hours.      

Her first Bowen treatment was 12 November.  She had a moderate nosebleed within an hour or so after the treatment after she had a bout of sneezing.  That night, she had a big bleed.  Then, she had a remarkable 3 days free of any nosebleeds, day 4 she had a small one in the evening, nothing on day 5 and on day 6 a moderate one.   

Her second Bowen treatment was on 18 November and this was followed by 12 days with only 3 small nosebleeds and she was feeling generally very much better with more energy and a sense of feeling healthy.   

Her third Bowen treatment was 30 November and she had a nosebleed the day after the treatment and then a full week without any at all, then about one bleed every day, some very small, some moderate but no gushers.  Next treatment on 14 December was followed again by a virtually clear period with only one small nosebleed on Christmas Eve.  She had an appointment to have her nose cauterized again on 6 January, which was done and she has not had any problems since.   

The wonderful set of Bowen moves that are specific to the temporo-mandibular joint, the lymph glands in the neck and all the sinuses are superb at relieving problems caused by pressure buildups and in restoring the normal flushing pattern that is designed to keep our heads and noses trouble-free.     

© E.C.B.S 

Janie Godfrey is a Bowen Technique practitioner in Frome and has been in practice since 1998.  

Contents provided by the European School of Bowen Studies (ECBS)   

For further details about the Bowen Technique please contact Karen on 01954 260 982 / 07714 995 299 or email [email protected]

THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE remarkable results with respiratory problems

Posted on 20 January, 2013 at 7:01 Comments comments (0)
N2N Nurse to Nurse                   Vol 02  Issue 08   June 2002 
The proactive interactive nursing magazine, produced by nurses, for nurses    

THE BOWEN TECHNIQUEremarkable results with respiratory problems 
By Alastair Rattray and Janie Godfrey   

  “Bowen has changed my life.   I no longer live with back pain and do not have to worry about asthma attacks with my daughter or watch her fight to get her breath.”  -  B.C. Feb 2000

It was mid-July 2000 when thirteen year old Helen’s mother called Bowen Technique practitioner Alastair Rattray asking for an appointment.  Her homoeopath had recommended trying this new “Bowen” treatment.  

Helen had suffered from asthma since she was a baby.  She frequently missed school through illness, catching anything that was going, which often initiated an asthma attack.  To add to her misery, over three years previously she had also developed chronic sinusitis.    

Helen’s first appointment was on 1 August and she was relieved to find it did not include the use of needles.  In fact, she was very surprised to find how gentle it was.  By the end of her first treatment, she felt her face clearing for the first time in a long time.  Helen’s sinusitis completely cleared soon after and, since that first day, she has not had a single asthma attack.      

The Bowen Technique was developed by an Australian, Tom Bowen.  He set out to treat musculo-skeletal problems and was so successful that, by 1974 it was estimated that he was treating 13,000 people a year.  They usually only needed between one and three treatments to solve their problems.  

The phenomenal number of patients that Tom Bowen treated per year was possible because of the 2 minute breaks that occur throughout a Bowen treatment, enabling a practitioner who has several treatment rooms to treat more than one person at a time. 

The essence of Tom Bowen’s technique is to make small, gentle rolling-type  “moves”, using thumbs and forefingers, across muscles or tendons at specific points on the body.  These moves stimulate the body to heal itself by rebalancing the energy and causing gentle muscle movement in the various systems of the body to restore its healthy functioning.  

This stimulation is enhanced by the recurring short breaks throughout the treatment, which give the body a space in which to absorb the prompting and begin to respond.  

During the breaks, patients commonly report feeling warmth or tingling or “things moving around” and their stomachs often rumble as their bodies respond to the moves.    

Unlike most other treatments, it is the body that makes the decisions on the repair, rebalancing and healing that takes place.  The treatment and/or therapist do not force it.  So, when something like Helen’s sinusitis is fixed, it stays fixed.   

Respiratory problems come in many different guises.  
The interesting thing about The Bowen Technique is that the results seem to be consistent when applied to children.  Adults tend to have other stresses, which can have a bearing on what is really going on.  So results in adults, while often good, can take longer to achieve and be more varied.     

Rachael, who works as a restorer of antique rugs and carpets, received Bowen treatment.  She was using “puffers”, sometimes every hour, and looked terrible - black rings round her eyes, no energy and a grey complexion.  

It was discovered during treatment that she was highly allergic to wool and course dust.  She had to seriously consider whether she could continue with her chosen career after years of study and apprenticeship. This was 5 years ago.  Rachael started having weekly Bowen treatments and was often sick after the Bowen asthma moves but felt better for it.  

She now has maintenance Bowen treatments every four to six weeks.  Although she still has asthma it no longer plagues her life and her use of “puffers” is minimal unless she is treating a really dirty rug.  The only treatment that Rachael has is Bowen.   

Bowen therapist, teacher and sports coach, Paula Esson, has found the Bowen Technique to be an invaluable tool with athletes.  She tells the story of a young woman's response to Bowen.  

Katharine is a member of the England Junior Basketball Team Member and was involved with the multi-stage fitness test used to analyse an athlete’s aerobic performance.  A standard is expected at this level and the peer pressure to achieve the necessary grade is immense.  

Katharine was struggling for breath soon into the test causing some concern early on.  Determination kept her going until she had to stop because she could not gain a breath at all and had commenced a panic attack, which complicated the situation.  Katharine was removed from the concerned crowd and Paula carried out the Bowen emergency asthma move.  Immediately, a normal breathing pattern resumed and after 30 minutes Katharine carried on training with no further symptoms.

The Bowen treatment used for asthma in young children is very easily given and consists of some 8 gentle “moves”; 4 on the child’s back over the erector spinae and 3 on the front, two over the rectus abdominus at the costal margins and the third being a simple “holding point” just below the sternum.  The total time to carry out this simple procedure on a young child is some 30 – 40 seconds, depending on the level of cooperation from the child!  However, case after case has shown that the effects can range from good to dramatic.
 
Typical of some of the child respiratory cases that Alastair Rattray has seen are a brother aged 6 and a sister aged 3 who were both prescribed Ventolin.  The boy had been having regular, severe attacks rather like asthma, where he would eventually be very sick.  He had been on Ventolin for over a year.  His sister had had a persistent cough for about 18 months and her “puffer” for a month.  In spite of the medication, there was no change to either situation.  

The two children received one Bowen treatment only, the girl’s lasting about 40 seconds and the boy’s about 5 minutes where other Bowen moves were also given to try to re-balance more of his body’s systems.  Within 3 – 4 days, both children changed completely and the conditions cleared up.  The boy had no further attacks and the girl stopped coughing.  The parents decided to stop the medication immediately, though this had not been suggested by the therapist.  Ten months on, both remain in good health.  

These results are consistent with other cases such as that of Piers, aged 18 months, who was also on Ventolin and always became very wheezy, sometimes developing into an attack, when he had a cold.  Two weeks after his first treatment, he had a cold but, as his mother reported, it was just a “normal” cold with no additional side effects such as wheezing, which had always happened previously.
 
It does not seem to matter whether the child is taking medication or not.  The results appear to be totally consistent.  

In the case of Tiger, then aged 2 ½, who had just been prescribed an increased dosage of steroids due to the strength and frequency (often every two weeks) of her asthmatic attacks, the steroids were stopped by her mother because she had reacted so badly to them.  Hearing about Bowen, she brought her for a treatment.  Her persistent wheezing stopped almost immediately, and she has not had another asthmatic attack in over two years.  While she becomes wheezy from time to time, another Bowen treatment seems to settle the situation quickly.  Her mother, who suffered increasing back, neck and leg pain for over 12 years and had had this resolved with only two Bowen treatments, wrote:  “Bowen has changed my life.   I no longer live with back pain and do not have to worry about asthma attacks with my daughter or watch her fight to get her breath.”
 
An asthmatic attack is usually caused by the muscles controlling the lungs and breathing going into increasing spasm.  The triggers for such an attack can be various, such as a cold or illness; an allergy such as those causing hay fever; or other lung related diseases.  The probability is that the muscles involved, such as the diaphragm and the smooth muscle around the bronchioles, appear to be slightly in spasm as though ready to cause the respiratory system to go into spasm at the slightest hint of a problem.  As soon as a trigger is detected, the spasm increases.  

Hence, one of the first signs of the increasing problem can be wheezing, sometimes there all the time.  In an acute asthmatic attack, the patient can breath in but is unable to breath out as the diaphragm is in full spasm.  This can be illustrated by the fact that the stomach appears to collapse inwards. 

The Bowen emergency procedure for one of these acute attacks is to do a reasonably strong downwards movement with the thumb starting about 1½ inches below the xiphoid process.  The procedure is started by gently pushing the “skin slack” upwards to make room for the move, then applying a reasonable amount of pressure and moving the thumb downwards over the diaphragm.  

An important centre of energy is at this point of the body and the move releases this pent-up energy that is holding the diaphragm in spasm and an immediate release of air from the lungs is achieved.  It is very effective. 
 
Much success has been achieved with hayfever and especially sinusitis.  In one case, a lady who had suffered from chronic sinusitis for 14 years, had had four operations with the last one making matters much worse.  After a course of Bowen treatment the condition completely cleared and she has remained clear without any further treatment for some 15 months.  

In a similar case, infection of the right side of the sinus had continued for a year and a half and a third operation was scheduled.  Within a short time after commencing Bowen, the infection stopped and the sinus cleared soon after.  This patient had been taking 6 Anadin a day for the whole period of infection.  By the end of the Bowen treatment programme, she needed none.
 
With The Bowen Technique, the hayfever and sinus treatment includes moves on the jaw and temporo-mandibular joint.  A key part of that treatment involves the draining of the lymphatic system hidden behind the sternoclydomastoid muscle in the neck.  It seems that this area being blocked over a long period of time, or in response to a hayfever trigger, is the key to why it is so difficult to successfully clear the sinus area.  

When the Bowen treatment is given, this part of the treatment often produces an immediate positive response to the sinus blockage.  Once started, it does not then seem to re-block.  However, with the chronic cases, clearing this area can take a number of treatments which must continue, without a break, every seven days or so until the blockage is clear.  This can take more or less 6 weeks and sometimes more.  Once cleared, however, it seems to stay clear.

Contents provided by the European School of Bowen Studies (ECBS)   

For further details about the Bowen Technique please contact Karen on 01954 260 982 / 07714 995 299 or email [email protected]

The Bowen Technique Working with chronic infections

Posted on 13 January, 2013 at 11:50 Comments comments (2)
Today’s Therapist International Trade Journal   -   Issue 21  Mar Apr 2003    

The Bowen Technique Working with chronic infections                               
by Janie Godfrey

The Bowen Technique, in most cases, is able to bring about a lasting resolution to whatever complaint has been treated.  It is believed that this is because it is the body’s own resources that have been rallied into action by Bowen.  

This seems to be the case for things as divergent as musculo-skeletal disorders to migraines, infant colic to chronic fatigue syndrome.  This same process has been seen to work well with cases of chronic infection, where the fighting resources of the body are needed to do their special work.   

A year or so ago, Bowen Technique practitioner Julian Wilson, of Hexham, Northumberland, treated Mrs P, a woman in her late 60’s who had been suffering from a long term, low-grade infection for at least 18 months.  The problem was focused in the lymphatics mainly on her left side.   

Her doctors had had her on course after course of antibiotics for the past year, trying many different varieties.  No other treatment was offered.  The infection, and the constant onslaught of antibiotics, left Mrs P feeling tired, lethargic and unwell and the natural, healthy bacteria in her digestive track were being wiped out by the antibiotics.    

When she came for Bowen treatment with Julian she had generalised pain and restricted movement in her left shoulder, radiating through to her back.  She also had pain and discomfort in the breast tissue, a clogged lung and shallow breathing.    

After giving Mrs P her first Bowen treatment Julian sent her away with instructions to drink lots and lots of water and to do as much gentle walking as she felt able to do.    Two days later, Mrs P was on the phone to Julian to report the most dramatic breakthrough – literally.  She had had a massive onset of coughing and brought up quite a bit of infected sputum.  A large number of boils had erupted all down her left arm, which were green, poisonous and suppurating.   Her body was now doing an efficient, if dramatic, job of isolating and expelling the infection.    

Wonderfully, the boils cleared within the week and didn’t leave any scarring.  The surface of the skin was just red and raw for a bit before it healed completely.  In addition, her lungs were clear and she brightened up considerably.    

Much success has also been achieved with infections linked with hayfever and especially sinusitis.  

In one case, a lady who had suffered from chronic sinusitis for 14 years, had had four operations, with the last one making matters much worse.  

After a course of Bowen treatment the condition completely cleared and she has remained clear without any further treatment for some 15 months.  

In a similar case, infection of the right side of the sinus had continued for a year and a half and a third operation was scheduled.  Within a short time after commencing Bowen, the infection stopped and the sinus cleared soon after.  This patient had been taking 6 Anadin a day for the whole period of infection.  By the end of the Bowen treatment programme, she needed none.    

Bowen practitioners regularly ask their patients to drink plenty of water every day and to make sure they engage in a few moments of gentle movement at least every 30 minutes for the first day or two after treatment.  

These common sense instructions help the body to make the most of the Bowen treatment and would be particularly helpful in cases of long-term or deeply seated infection.    

© E.C.B.S Janie Godfrey is a Bowen Technique practitioner in Frome and has been in practice since 1998. 

Contents provided by the European School of Bowen Studies (ECBS)   

For further details about the Bowen Technique please contact Karen on 01954 260 982 / 07714 995 299 or email [email protected]

The Bowen Technique - Engaging the immune system

Posted on 13 January, 2013 at 11:46 Comments comments (0)
Today’s Therapist International Trade Journal   -   Issue 38  Jan Feb 2006    

The Bowen Technique - Engaging the immune system                                 by Janie Godfrey  

There are a number of case histories of people with infections seeing them finally shifted after Bowen treatment.  The case history has been mentioned before of an older woman who suffered with an 18-month long, low-grade infection that antibiotics were not shifting at all.  

Bowen treatment seemed to kick her immune system into gear and in the week after Bowen, she had coughed out a great quantity of infected sputum and boils had erupted all down her left arm, which were green, poisonous and suppurating.   Her body was now doing an efficient, if dramatic, job of isolating and expelling the infection.    

There are similar cases of the body isolating and expelling infection after the prompting of Bowen treatment.  

In one, a woman in her early 40’s who, as the result of a bad accident some years before has metal rods and screws in a section of her lower spine, came for Bowen treatment to help with the consequent back pain and also a feeling of tiredness and low energy.  

After a few Bowen treatments, a good-sized swelling appeared in her groin.  She was admitted to hospital while they investigated what it was.  It proved to be an infection that her body had brought to the surface.  Her doctors said that if an infection had established itself in that area, it would have been almost impossible to clear, in their opinion.    

Much success has been achieved by treating long-standing sinusitis with Bowen.  

In one case, a lady who had suffered from chronic sinusitis for 14 years, had had four operations with the last one making matters much worse.  After a course of Bowen treatment the condition completely cleared and she has remained clear without any further treatment for some 15 months.  

In a similar case, infection of the right side of the sinus had continued for a year and a half and a third operation was scheduled.  Within a short time after commencing Bowen, the infection stopped and the sinus cleared soon after.  This patient had been taking 6 Anadin a day for the whole period of infection.  By the end of the Bowen treatment programme, she needed none.    

Dr Bruce McEwen, the director of the neuroendocrinology laboratory at the Rockefeller University, has discovered that the overproduction of cortisol has some dramatic effects.  

Cortisol is the stress hormone that enables all the physiological reactions already mentioned that we associate with stressful situations.  His research has shown that prolonged stress weakens the immune system as well as strains the heart, damages memory cells and deposits fat in the abdomen rather than the hips or buttocks.   

So it would appear that one good way to ensure the immune system is operating well is to control the stress levels as much as possible.  

A frequently seen effect of Bowen, quite apart from the changes in the physical problems that have been presented, is a shift in the psyche of the client.  “I feel better in myself and about myself,” is a common remark and is often accompanied by a re-evaluation of what has brought them to this point in the first place.  

In short, Bowen is an excellent  de-stressor and this in itself will be one valid consideration in treating a struggling immune system.    

As with any factor in illness however, it’s important for people who are prone to being stressed, or who face stressful situations daily, to identify the sources of the stress and the point at which the feelings of being under too much pressure start.  

Stress is only a problem if it is allowed to continue unchecked and the role of a good therapist is to help the client identify the signals before they become the problem.   

There are many detailed case histories documenting the change in health patterns before and after Bowen and it is clear from these, in people of all ages, that Bowen can orchestrate the body-mind-spirit into functioning well and efficiently resisting the bugs and infections.         

© E.C.B.S Janie Godfrey is a Bowen Technique practitioner in Frome and has been in practice since 1998.  She also works part time at the European College of Bowen Studies office.  

Contents provided by the European School of Bowen Studies (ECBS)   

For further details about the Bowen Technique please contact Karen on 01954 260 982 / 07714 995 299 or email [email protected]